Mini-Grant Application for School Year 2019-2020

Submitted by: Elisabeth Dias Email: diase@flaglerschools.com Grade Level: 7&8 Subject: Science, Agriscience, Robotics
Co-Applicant:John Beale Email: Bealej@flaglerschools.comGrade level: 7&8 Subject: STEM

School: Indian Trails Middle School Type: Public Grade Levels:7 & 8 County:Flagler

Approx. Enrollment: 950 Number of teachers:50

School Address:

5505 Belle Terre Pkwy
Palm Coast, FL 32137

Phone: 3864466732 Principal:Paul Peacock Email: peacockp@flaglerschools.com

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Project Title: Virtual Reality Flagships
Project Dates: October 20-May 2020 Grade Levels:

Focus Area(s) :Technology - Innovation- -

Abstract:
If awarded the Terra grant, Indian Trails Middle School will use the funds to purchase a class set of the Oculus Go Virtual Reality Goggles. Students will utilize the technology available to them to explore distant locations through virtual field trips and immerse themselves in content beyond the classroom. Students will also take part in creating their own virtual reality video of our flagship classes. Student will edit and convert the video to be used with the virtual reality goggles. The videos of our flagship classes will be used to share our work with parents, community members and our partners at different events throughout the year including the Classrooms to Careers showcase, open house and curriculum night. The virtual reality goggles also allow us to share our projects with other flagship classes. Overall, our school and flagship classes will benefit from the Oculus Go class set by giving students the opportunity to study content beyond the classroom and share our classroom with others.

Proposal:

How is your project innovative?   (25 points)
The Virtual Reality project is innovative because it will allow students in each class to explore and study content beyond the limits of a brick and mortar classroom through virtual field trips and explorations through a set of Virtual Reality Goggles. In addition, students will be able to highlight the positives of their classes by creating their own 3D renderings and displaying them using the same VR goggles. Indian Trails Middle School will be able to use the VR goggles to promote the various flagship opportunities to our students and community members transporting them into our classroom.

How will it fit into your curriculum (include standards)? (10 points)
The Virtual Reality project will compliment the curriculum of any class that wishes to utilize them. The virtual reality interface has built in virtual reality videos that will allow students to immerse themselves into another world. Specifically in the STEM classes students will gain further knowledge Students in agriscience class will gain the experience of exploring farms from all over the world elaborating on standards S01.0 Summarize the evolution of production agriculture – the student will be able to: 01.01 Describe the importance of agriculture on a world, national, state and community scale. 01.02 Distinguish the major agricultural production areas of the United States. 01.03 Distinguish agriculture products produced in Florida. Students in each science class can study the forces of energy acting on them while riding a virtual roller coaster focusing on standards SC.7.P.11.2 - Investigate and describe the transformation of energy from one form to another. SC.7.P.11.3 - Cite evidence to explain that energy cannot be created nor destroyed, only changed from one form to another.

How will it encourage long-lasting change in your classroom, school or community? (20 points)
The Virtual Reality Project will encourage long-lasting change in the classroom, school and community by allowing students to explore different topics in depth and virtually visit distant locations. The students in each class will also create a video to share the work they have done with their parents, the community and incoming students.

How will technology be utilized?  (20 points)
The technology will be utilized to produce a showcase of our school’s flagship program. Each class will record their class projects as part of their flagship class. Students will edit and view the flagship video on the virtual reality goggles transporting anyone who sees the video into our classroom.

What evidence will you collect to show student gain?   (10 points)
Evidence collected to show gains of students will be assessment data. For each unit of study that incorporates the virtual reality field trip, students will take a pre assessment and post test to show mastery of the standards.

How will participants share your project results with the community?  (15 points)
Indian Trails Middle School will be able to share our project results with the community by showcasing their 3D rendering of our schools flagship program at various events throughout the school year. Community members, parents and incoming students will see the learning opportunities at Indian Trails Middle School . We will also share our project at our annual “Classroom to Careers” Showcase taking place in February, 2020. In addition to this, we will reach out to our local newspaper and news stations and invite them to showcase our project.


Budget:

Service/ Item Description Cost
Class set of Virtual Reality Goggles 3000
Total Cost of Project 3000
Total Requested from TERRA 3000
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I, Elisabeth Dias, certify that the application is complete and final, AND I verify that I have received permission to apply for these funds from Paul Peacock,the Principal of Indian Trails Middle School and any other individuals required by my school district.

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